The Los Angeles Lakers have trimmed their list of potential head coaches down to three candidates. Kenny Atkinson, Terry Stotts, and Darvin Ham are the finalists to win the job heading into the next round of interviews.
All three have lots of experience at the NBA level, but it appears Ham, who is currently an assistant to Mike Budenholzer on the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching staff, has made the best impression on the Lakers front office.
But as the final round of interviews is set, sources tell The Athletic that Ham appears to have made the strongest impression yet.
Ham was previously an assistant for the Lakers between 2011 and 2013, which means he's familiar with LA. He's now been under Budenholzer since 2018 and of course, won a title last season. Ham even won a Larry O'Brien as a player with the 2004 Detroit Pistons as well.
The Lakers are making sure they choose wisely in their HC search, but Ham is certainly ready to finally get a chance to be the main man on an NBA staff. The pressure will be immense for any coach that wins this job given how poor Los Angeles was in 2021-22, finishing with a 36-46 record and missing out on the playoffs altogether.
Lots of work is ahead, but perhaps Darvin Ham is up for the task. The front office evidently likes what he brings to the table.